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Anti-social behavior: The Facebook exodus

How do you get off Facebook? Need to Know profiles one New Yorker trying to disconnect from the site, and talks to three men in Rotterdam who run a company that will remove you from it altogether.


The Facebook co-founder who got away

While Mark Zuckerberg makes his way up Forbes’ list of America’s richest people, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes develops a site designed to help the world’s poor.


The other, other sultry spy

Could the gravest threat to national security be the intelligence community itself…and the male libido?


Gary Shteyngart on Facebook, literacy and the end of America

Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel “Super Sad True Love Story” foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.


Crowdsourcing the Gulf oil spill

Anne Rolfes of the Bucket Brigade talks to Need to Know about the creative deployment of technology in the Gulf cleanup efforts.


Privacy on Facebook

Facebook’s new “instant personalization” is sharing supposedly private information with third-party developers without users’ permission. Here’s what you can — and can’t — do about it.


  Jobless, but not alone

The creator of a popular Web forum for the unemployed talks about how heralding the recession’s end is premature.


Genetics gets personal: Send your saliva and start chatting

A company that will analyze your DNA is the perfect storm of Web and biotech, replete with social networking, online privacy concerns and a big-name backer.

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